Hong Kong Artists Hit European Comics Festival
The 38th Angoulême International Comics Festival‧27-30/1/2011
Angoulême is the centre of French comics and its annual comics festival is the largest such festival in Europe. 2011 marks the 38th year of this festival which has attracted the attention of comic artists, publishers and distributors as well as comic fans throughout the years. The Angoulême International Comics Festival is a highly prestigious event and of major influence in the industry.
Invited by the Angoulême International Comics Festival, Kaleidoscope – History of Hong Kong Comics Exhibition is Hong Kong’s contribution to the festival. Produced by the Hong Kong Arts Centre, sponsored by the Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) and supported by the Home Affairs Bureau, the exhibition features outstanding comic artists from the 1960s to the modern day, from both the mainstream and off the beaten track. The festival will allow the world to get a better glimpse of Hong Kong’s creative industry, and highlights our role as Asia’s creative city, so that we can expand the overseas market for local comics.
Participants will include Connie Lam, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Alan Wan and Thomas Tang, Directors of the Hong Kong Comics & Animation Federation, as well as comic artists including Craig Au Yeung, Lee Wai-chun, Lee Chi-ching, Jeffrey Lau Wan-kit, Li Chi-tak, Ted Yeung Hok-tak, Chihoi Lee, Stella So, Laitattatwing, Kongkee, Rainbow Leung, Ahko and Kai. French versions of Laitattatwing’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Ahko’s Tonight I Kill My Dog will be included. Hijacking, the latest collaboration between Kongkee and Chihoi, is also being translated into French.
Jerry Liu, Head of CreateHK said, “This exhibition means a lot to the local comics industry. Apart from introducing Hong Kong comics to foreign readers, it helps our comics artists connect with overseas markets. As the sponsor, CreateHK encourages local comic artists to make the best use of the occasion to broaden their horizons and present more outstanding works to the world.”
Ateliers Magelis, Angoulême, France
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The festival also includes a series of exchange activities, for example, open seminars, drawing performances/demonstrations, artists’ featuring session, a unique sales booth and the publishing of an English monograph to promote local creative works to visitors. Six interactive multimedia showcases, displaying the story of Hong Kong comics from the 1960s to the 2000s, will be shown in Ateliers Magelis, a historical architectural building in Angoulême. “We chose works that bear significant importance on the whole of society, so visitors can see how life has changed in Hong Kong through comic books,” said Connie Lam. “I believe the exhibition will help deepen the impression of Hong Kong comics to fans worldwide. Other than exchanging our experience with the industry and broadening our horizon with this trip, we hope to highlight the unique cultural and artistic values of the works of local comic artists, to combine arts and commercial elements and to push forward the development of this creative industry,” Lam added.
Date & Time: 27-30 January, 2011, 10am-7pm (4 days)
Venue: Ateliers Magelis, Angoulême, France (historical architecture)
AHKO • CHIHOI • CRAIG AU YEUNG YING CHAI • JEFFREY LAU WAN KIT • KAI • KONGKEE • LAITATTATWING • LEE CHI CHING • LEE WAI CHUN • LI CHI TAK • RAINBOW LEUNG • STELLA SO • YEUNG HOK TAK •
Visiting comics publishers:
ALAN WAN SIU LUN • THOMAS TANG WING HUNG
Kaleidoscope- History of Hong Kong Comics Exhibition
Producers : Hong Kong Arts Centre / Angoulême International Comics Festival
Sponsor : Create Hong Kong
In Association with : Hong Kong Comics & Animation Federation
Acknowledgement : Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region